Top Posts of the Past Month

I really ADORE this photo from three years ago. ChickPea is like ‘HURRY UP AND READ IT ALREADY WILL YOU?!”

I find it infinitely fascinating which blog posts you lovely people, my blog readers, connect with. I really have very little understanding or interest in Google Analytics as my blog is more my place to dump my brain then a place to look at stats…but I do find it interesting to look at which posts you like. Last time I posted this list was in January, and my Top Ten posts from then can be seen here. Some posts from that lists have remained the same, and other newer posts have been added to the list.

A huge and very heartfelt thank you to all of you who join me here on Children’s Books Daily. I cannot tell you how much every comment, ‘like’, ‘share’ and connection means to me and I continue to be astonished that people find my blog and read it. Because seriously? I am a complete dag who cannot use apostrophes and my life has been chaotic and tragic and awful in BUCKETLOADS this year. Far from leaving my blog to find a happier online space, you have all stuck around and supported PudStar, ChickPea and I emotionally, and supported us financially through buying books and products through my advertisments and links. I really don’t know how to express my thanks.

Thank you so much for reading my ramblings and for connecting and sharing your digital space with me. I so hope that beautiful books and stories continue to help you and your family to find joy and solace on this journey of mixed blessings called life. 

Top Ten Blog Posts of the Last Month

Inscribing Children’s Books: seriously this post has viewed an insane amount of times times since Tom installed the ‘views’ thing (technical term). That many people want to read my thoughts on inscribing books? Still…it does mention my dear friend Trish and has one of my all-time fav picture books, ‘Puffling’ featured.

Coming to a Bookshelf Near You: Oh you LOVELY people. I’m SO very pleased news of my own book was so well received as I’ve been super nervous about this project. Today was meant to be a ‘write ONE WHOLE CHAPTER’ day but instead I did battle with a bush turkey which is waging war on my garden. I swore, screamed and sobbed at it. No writing done. Sigh.

Three Great Books for Boys Aged 5-9 Years: The gorgeous people behind Team Megan’s Blog (TMB) came up with this, and Book Boy Junior did an excellent round up of his fav bot books of the moment. I enjoyed this post so much that I talked about it on ABC radio last week.

Book Week Costumes 2016: no surprises! We all google ‘Where’s Wally Costume’, ‘Pirate Costume’ and ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ costume in a panic the week before Book Week or a themed party!

The Book of Secrets: An Ateban Cipher Novel: This exciting fantasy novel aimed at the 9 to 12 age group will satisfy readers, and leave them wanting more. Its fast-paced plot balances a sensitive thoughtful narrator with his newly‑found‑rescuers-turned-friends so that by the time they all figure out the codes and clues, readers have been entertained and engaged.

Series Reads for Readers Age 10 – YA: people regularly ask about a series to hook their young reader in, these are some of my all-time favourites, with a few suggestions from readers added!

Top 100 Sustainability Books: Dear Readers – this made my heart SING. As the head of the ‘Earth Angels’ sustainability group at work, sustainability is an issue close to my heart and to be honest I didn’t expect this post to be that popular. I am blown away by how many people have viewed this post in the last year and I am heartened that so many of you added these books to your home and school library collections. THANK YOU for making a left-leaning, wannabee-hippy, teacher librarian very happy.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Oh these books have been popular! It actually surprises me that something like this wasn’t done earlier as those 1980’s favourites of the nearly same name were EPIC.

Forward Facing Shelving: Again, not surprised this post was popular,forward facing shelving for books at home and school is a MUST.

NAPLAN Results and the Role of the School Teacher Librarian: I didn’t intend for this to be a ‘popular’ post – but I’m really pleased it is, because I feel passionately about the role of the teacher librarian and yet few people seem to know what a teacher librarian does and how crucial the role is ensuring the success of our schools and our students.

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